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Mary's Song of Worship Part 2

by Rev. Kirby Williams

Learning from Mary's song of exaltation that God is the only focus of true worship.

Text: Luke 1:49-50
Date: 02/28/2021, the Combined service.
Series: "Luke: Thy Kingdom Come" Part 9

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In Part 2 of our study of Mary's "Magnificat", we will turn our attention to her primary focus-- the exaltation of God. We will notice that she extols four of His attributes in very concise fashion: God is All-Mighty, God is Personal, God is Holy and God is merciful. We will analyze each of these attributes and notice how Mary's understanding of God is firmly grounded in the Old Testament Scriptures. But specifically, we will focus on how her view of God augments and intensifies her worship, and how it serves as an excellent model for our worship today. In the process we will see the "Magnificat" for what it truly is-- a beautiful song of exaltation and Worship.

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I. Introduction, Rev. 4:2-11.
II. Exposition of the text, Luke 1:49-50.
A. Context
B. Mary's song of God's majesty.
1. God is mighty, personal, and holy, vs. 49.
a. God is mighty, vs. 49a.
i. The God of all Power and Might.
ii. The God of the Old Testament, Deut. 3:24, Psa. 24:7-8, Jer. 32:17-18, Zeph. 3:17, Isa. 40:3,10,12,15,17,22-26,28.
iii. Worshiping the All-Mighty.
b. God is intimate and personal, vs. 49b.
i. The God of immanence.
ii. The God of the Old Testament, Isa. 57:15, 66:1-2, Psa. 34:18, 51:16-17, 138:6.
iii. The God of the New Testament, Isa. 61:1-3, Luke 4:21, Matt. 10:29-30, 5:5.
iv. Worshiping the God of intimacy.
c. God is holy, vs. 49c.
i. The God who is holy, Ex. 3:4-5, Ex. 19:18-19, Lev. 10:2.
ii. The God of the Old Testament, Ex. 15:11, Psa. 111:9, 99:9, Isa. 6:3, Lev. 11:45.
iii. Worshiping The Holy.
• Learning about The Holy.
• Two sides of a coin.
• Applying the idea of The Holy to worship.
2. God is merciful, vs. 50.
a. God's mercy in the face of His holiness.
b. The importance of a holy fear in worship, Psa. 111:10, 147:11.
c. The boundless depths of God's mercy, Psa. 79:13, 106:31, 103:11,17.
d. The exclusivity of God's mercy, Psa. 103:18, Luke 1:48,49.
e. The idea of mercy and worship.
i. Standing in awe of God's holiness and His mercy.
ii. The abomination of flippant worship.
III. Application: True worship exalts God alone.
IV. Conclusion

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